Freshman Jonathan Wade wasted little time moving into the SEC's fast lane.
The rookie sprinter from Shreveport, La., won nods as the first SEC Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the 2003 season, by virtue of his winning performance last Thursday at the Tennessee All-Comers Meet.
Just 10 days removed from the gridiron, Wade sprinted to an SEC-leading, albeit on a slow competitive weekend, 6.26 clocking in the 55-meter dash, his first race as a collegian. The time stands as a provisional qualifier for the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. While the time just reached the provisional threshold and will need improvement before a ticket to the NCAAs can be secured, Wade's effort stands as a solid opener.
Wade and fellow sprinters Sean Lambert and Jabari Greer await a bigger test this weekend at Virginia Tech's Kroger Invitational.
Harris voted track and field captain
Senior decathlete and three-time All-American Stephen Harris was voted as the sole team captain for Tennessee's 2003 track and field team.
On the track, Harris posted a pair of fourth place finishes as a freshman and junior and a runner-up finish as a sophomore at the NCAA Outdoors in the decathlon.
Tennessee opens season at third in rankings
The Vols are ranked third in the first Trackwire 25 rankings of the 2003 season, behind SEC opponents LSU and Arkansas, respectively.
South Carolina is ranked fourth, and the SEC has eight teams in the top 11.